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  1. [...] Girl Guide Skinny Emmie Mrs. Fatass Lisa Johnson Skimbaco Lifestyle Mommyality ShePosts GanzWorld 5 Minutes for Mom Filed Under: Featured, Leah's Posts, Longterm, [...]

  2. Bethany
    Jan 27 - 10:27 pm

    Ugh, it was such a crazy day I just sat down to look at my fave sites. At 10:26 Eastern. Wish I had looked earlier.

    • jennifer o.
      Jan 28 - 7:57 am

      Wow. Wish i’d seen this yesterday. How the heck could this thinghave managed to see the light of day?

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  4. [...] life but most of the time, it is a virtual meet up. Last night there was a Tweet Up to protest the shaming tactics used by the State of Georgia to help combat obesity. Their plan was to come up with better [...]

  5. Rachel
    Jan 29 - 3:17 pm

    We’re often in Atlanta, and I’ve seen these billboards. the first time I saw one, my mouth just hung open – I couldn’t believe anyone could get away with putting something like that up!! I agree that childhood obesity certainly needs to be handled – but dang!! Those billboards were not the most healthy way to go about it. We as grown adults get body image issues just from seeing the Victoria’s Secret ads – no need to start those issues even earlier by so ungraciously pointing out the differences.

  6. Noel Guillory
    Feb 01 - 4:01 pm

    I feel like these ads are doing exactly what they were meant to do- they’re getting attention and raising awareness. Any softer of an ad would be written off and ignored. Children don’t want to be unhealthy. Children don’t understand that this isn’t a stage, it’s a lifestyle that WILL lead to health problems and eventually an early death. Parents need to be held accountable. Parents need to see what having a heavy child really is- it’s not that they’re not beautiful, it’s that they’re not healthy that’s the problem. The ads are doing what they’re meant to do- HELLO WORLD, OBESE CHILDREN ARE NOT OKAY!

    • Rachel
      Feb 10 - 5:32 pm

      children also don’t do the grocery shopping, or have ANY control over their families income or eating habits. Poverty and obesity are linked because the cheapest food is the most fattening. If shame was an effective tool for weight loss, everyone would be skinny. There are also other factors. I came up poor and REALLY hungry. I was skinny, my sister was fat. It wasn’t because we had enough to eat, it was because we had no access to fresh healthy foods, we had to get the cheapest process foods. My sister and I had the same diet, she was real big like my mom, and I was really skinny like my brothers. All the women in my family are very big, except me. My sister was shamed and bullied. Kids threw rocks at her and hit her with them. Kids shoved her off moving merry-go-rounds. Kids shoved her into traffic. She was asked by a counselor in her elementary school if she was pregnant. That’s ELEMENTARY SCHOOL! People were unrelentingly cruel to her. All that without any official sanction of fat shaming. Do you REALLY think fat kids are not already tormented by other children? So, you know what these ads will do? They will make it clear that those kids DESERVE to be shamed.

      You know what they WILL NOT DO????? They won’t make sure our kids have access to playgrounds and sports and afterschool programs, safe places to play are hard to come by for poor kids. A lot of the times, they stay inside because its just not safe for them to be outside alone. These ‘awareness raising’ techniques will also not address the corporations that are pocketing our tax dollars and in return feeding schoolkids processed pre-packaged crap with little nutritional value. These campaigns will not heighten awareness of childhood hunger, and the way it is linked to childhood obesity. They won’t attempt to provide access to fresh and healthy foods.

      They will instead focus attention on those who are MOST victimized here, these kids who have NO FREAKING CHOICES around where they live and what they consume, and it will make these kids feel that they are to blame for something they didn’t choose and don’t have any tools to change.

      It will do all of this while cloaking the REAL problems of access to food and healthcare and safe place to play and the corporations that get rich selling us crap for school lunches behind a rhetoric of shame and blame. Because you know what’s not ok??? That obesity is linked to poverty and hunger, that women and children are the biggest groups below the poverty line, that some one in four kids is reported to NOT HAVE ENOUGH FOOD in this one of the wealthiest nations in the world.

  7. Tena Ann
    Mar 10 - 9:26 pm

    I can not believe these ads! What are they thinking??? They are making it worse for kids not better! I could not believe it when I saw some of the ads I became outraged. They are children for God’s sake! Their brain is still developing. They are still trying to figure out who they are.Strong4life does not consider why a child is over weight. It could be because they are being abused at home. Either sexually, physically, emotionally, or all of the above. And the only comfort they can find is in food. I know I was abused and did just that. I had no one to help me. I had no choices. I was brought up to believe that I was worthless, I was ugly, and that I was nothing. And this was told to me by my own parents.
    The family life has a lot to do with how a child is effected. Is the family life dysfunctional?
    It is up to the parents to teach a child about life. About proper eating. About self worth, self love. Children become what they have been learned from their parents. If a parent praises their child, supports their child, gets involved with them and loves them with a love that only a true parent can give then the child will become a strong, adult who values themselves as who they are.
    But a parent does not praise their child or support them, become involved with them or doesnt love them as a parent should that child will grow up thinking they are not someone who is worthy. I know I went through this.
    And the fact that this evil group stated “It’s not okay to blame the kids for being bullied” Excuse me??? So now the child should blame themselves because they were not RESPONSIBLE in their eating habits? They are children! It is the parents RESPONSIBILITY to oversee their childs actions.
    We have enough kids committing suicide for being bullied. Now the people who are doing the bullying will feel justified because of these ads.
    I want to stop these ads! Whatever I can do I will be more than happy to do it!

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